Dr Jann Carroll
Australian Catholic University, ACT
Workshop: Building capacity and initiative through the savvy use of BYOD
The bring your own device (BYOD) initiative is a trend that has been gaining popularity. It is widely acknowledged that technology plays a significant role in the daily lives of students, forming an integral part of their learning.
This workshop aims to provide skills, tools and insights gained from research into the implementation of BYOD conducted in three Year 5 classrooms over the course of 12 months in an International Baccalaureate school. The introduction of BYOD necessitated a significant change in the way teaching and learning occurred. The school needed to reconceptualise pedagogy, assessment and planning. Traditional teacher and student roles were challenged. Data was required to inform our practice and to provide an evidenced-based approach to ensuring teachers and students built capacity, took risks and celebrated initiatives within a community of practice.
A hands-on approach is vital to embedding technology. This session will engage attendees in demonstrations, discussions and sound pedagogy drawing on student work samples and key research. It will also explore the important decisions and actions that were employed throughout the school to drive the BYOD program. Student voices will be showcased to demonstrate how powerful technological tools for teaching and learning provide learning experiences across the curriculum to enable students to engage confidently with, responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies for learning.
Attendees will receive insights into what has been learned from our research and strategies to improve their own practice when teaching and learning with technology or to assist in the decision to introduce a BYOD program at their school. Additionally, participants will receive a link to access all apps, examples and learnings, with additional tips for classroom implementation.
Whole school (F–12)
Dr Jann Carroll is a lecturer in Literacy and Education studies at the Australian Catholic University on the Canberra Campus. She has years of experience teaching in both the primary school and higher education sectors. Jann’s PhD work centered around the influence of technology on boys’ literacy attainment in middle school. Her research interests continue to revolve around the use of technology in teaching and learning across the curriculum. Jann is currently undertaking a research project focusing on the impact of bring your own device (BYOD) practices on learning and teaching. She loves to spend time in classrooms learning about and showcasing the exceptional and inspiring work of teachers in the technological classroom.